Many of us turn to film stars (on screen and off) for fashion cues. And while of-the-moment stars may inspire some, others prefer to travel back in time to dress the old-school way. There’s no denying that certain cinematic sartorialists from the golden era of Hollywood are as memorable as the movies themselves. So we throw together 7 iconic Hollywood looks - that are worthy of being part of your closet even today - from some of our favourite classics!
1. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn can be credited with putting the now staple LBD on the style map with her stint as Holly Golightly in this cult movie. It also sealed Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy’s designer-muse relationship. Recreating this looks is as easy as it gets, and we bet you’ve even sported it for Halloween at some point in your life. Simply turn to one of the many LBDs that you own and spruce it up with a string of pearls. Give it contemporary relevance with a messy bun or a side braid, and finish off your look with a quirky hairpin.
Get the Look: Nora Black Dress on Stalk Buy Love
, Prerto Golden Pearl Necklace
, Lara Karen Ankle Length Beige Boots
, Sparkle Street Gold-Toned Hairpin
2. Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch
If you’ve never been exposed to sex siren Marilyn Monroe’s most infamous shot in a billowing white halter dress while standing over a subway grating, then you must have just woken up from a deep, deep
slumber! In any case, this is an ace look even today - especially considering that the little white dress is giving the classic LBD some serious competition these days. A layered white maxi with high heels, statement sunnies and a cross-body bag - topped off with hot pink lips. Just what you need for a brunch-ready look!
Get the Look: Atorse White Solid Maxi Dress on Jabong
, Koovs Scallop Rim Round Sunglasses
, Montana Cross-Body Satchel
, Steppings Women Beige Stilettoes
3. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde
If you’re going to steal money, you might as well do it in style! Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie and Clyde
wardrobe consisting of berets, tweed and fine knits had a very 1970s vibe to it - if you must wear a beret and mustard sweater, this is the way to do it! We won’t rule out the movie’s most memorable outfit - a pencil skirt, knitted top, silk scarf and beret - for an interview, working lunch or a meeting. You can even replace the sweater with a crop top for a Parisian evening look.
Get the Look: Girls on Film Striped Metallic Pencil Skirt on Koovs
, Cable Knit Wool Blend Sweater by Mango
, Jaipur Vogue Printed Silk Women's Scarf on Flipkart
, Posh Ankle Flats by Forever 21
, Ralph Lauren Racked Stitch Beret Hat on Elitify
4. Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman’s ladylike separates with menswear-inspired tailoring in Casablanca are just as iconic (if not more) than Humphrey Bogart’s trench coat from the film. Her midi-skirt-suit worn with wide hats are the epitome of poised perfection. Luckily for you, the pant/ skirt-suit trend has newfound relevance today, making it a fabulous look for a work lunch or a formal dinner. Add a bejewelled brooch to channel that vintage vibe.
Get the Look: Le Suit Four-Button Vanilla Skirt Suit on Macy’s
, Kimmy Ballet by Forever New
, Fancy Vogue Flower Wreath Brooch on eBay
, River Island Black Studded Metal Bar Granny Purse
5. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind
Credit to Vivien Leigh for making drapes look chic in this love saga! This green dress that Scarlett wore for Rhett Butler's return in the film was actually made from curtains. Now, we don’t suggest doing that (as sadly not everyone possesses Leigh’s captivating charm to pull off drapery), but you can take a leaf from her book and turn to a green and gold anarkali
for an upcoming wedding or festivity.
Get the Look: Green Anarkali Suit on Kalki
, Chicory Chai Dull Gold Cutwork Triangle Fish Hook Earrings on Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop
, Spice Art Gold Clutch
, Inc 5 Golden Sandals
6. Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story
Katharine Hepburn wore the pants, quite literally, in this movie. Her wardrobe spurred androgyny as a trend du jour for women of style and pants quickly earned go-to status. Quite an easy look to emulate for us women of the 21st century, but we suggest wearing it with a yesteryear spin a la Hepburn. Vintage locks and bold lips will tide you over!
Get the Look: Tie-Belt Woven Trousers on Forever 21
, ASOS Sleeveless Shirt
, Amica Slexia Smoking Slippers on Fashionara
, Cheri Black Handbag
7. Grace Kelly in Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock’s most glamorous heroine turned princess - who wouldn’t want to be Grace Kelly? And even if that doesn’t happen, we can at least dress like her! Even though Kelly only has a guest appearance in the movie, her flared skirts, fitted tops, pearls and Hermés bag scores a style 10/10. Sport her look as is, it’s very on-trend even today.
Get the Look: Neha Taneja Mesh and Net Overlay Dress on Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop
, JPearls Mother of Pearl Jewel Set
, Footilicious Heels
, FabAlley Purple Paisley Print Clutch
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